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Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood's artistic talents go beyond the recording studio and concert stage. The recently rehab'd 61-year-old's paintings have been exhibited around the world. On November 24, Christies, in New York City, is set to auction limited edition prints of Wood's portrait of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Titled "A Tribute To Ahmet," the drawing was created specifically for Led Zeppelin's landmark reunion concert at the O2 Arena in London on December 10, 2007. Led Zeppelin reformed especially to pay tribute to Ertegun, who passed away in 2006, with proceeds from the concert donated to the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund. The limited edition print is signed by all three surviving members of Led Zeppelin - Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones - along with drummer Jason Bonham (son of original drummer John Bonham) and Ronnie Wood. No doubt drawing both interest form Stones and Zeppelin fans.

During an auction held at the O2 Arena prior to Led Zeppelin's performance, the prints - signed solely by Wood - sold for $10,000 each. Out of the original edition of 100 prints, only 8 were signed by all members of Led Zeppelin and were unavailable until now. The band agreed to make these rare prints available to benefit the Ertegun charity. However, rabid rock fans can make a dash to Pop International Galleries in New York City, 319 Gallery in Santa Monica, California, and San Francisco Art Exchange in San Francisco, California, where these coveted Zeppelin-Stones artifacts are also available.

Ronnie Wood's specially autographed "A Tribute To Ahmet" is part of Christie's Pop Culture: Punk/Rock auction, which will be held at 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City on November 24. Prior to the auction, items are on view from November 21-23.

Ertegun founded Atlantic Records in 1947 and signed Led Zeppelin to the iconic label in 1968. The music business legend died following complications after a fall backstage at a Rolling Stones concert in New York in 2006. He was 83.
From: EXAMINER.COM
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